4th Edition (2019)
The Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana hosted the 4th edition of the All-European International Humanitarian and Refugee Law Moot Court Competition from 20 – 24 November 2019.
- Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana - Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia (Final Round)
The Moot Court Competition was based on the Case Study, providing for relevant facts of the case concerning a fictitious armed conflict. Before each round teams received additional facts and were allocated roles that they had to present before the judges. Teams had limited time to prepare for each pleading.
The preliminary and quarter-final rounds of the Competition involved simulations of meetings between the parties to the conflict and various international organisations, as well as between other State and non-State actors. In this stage, competitors addressed topical issues in the field of international humanitarian law, and international refugee law.
The semi-final and final rounds involved a simulation of the criminal proceedings before the International Criminal Court (one team acted as the Office of the Prosecutor, the other as the Defence Team), and thereby addressed fundamental issues of international criminal law.
19 teams from 12 different countries participated at the competition: MGIMO University (Russia), Haxhi Zeka University (Kosovo), Istanbul Centre of International Law (Turkey), Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Georgia), Pavol Jozef Šafarik University (Slovakia), Pazmany Peter Catholic University (Hungary), Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia), SS. Cyril and Methodius University (North Macedonia), Galatasaray University (Turkey), Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia), University of Belgrade (Serbia), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), University of Pristina (Kosovo), University of Silesia (Poland), Ankara University (Turkey), University of Tirana (Albania), Sokhumi State University (Georgia), Turkish German University (Turkey) and University of Vienna (Austria).
8 teams reached the quarter-final round: MGIMO University (Russia), Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Georgia), Pazmany Peter Catholic University (Hungary), Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Poland), Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia), University of Belgrade (Serbia), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and University of Vienna (Austria).
Teams from University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), MGIMO (Russia), University of Vienna (Austria) and Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Georgia) reached the semi-final rounds.
Teams from MGIMO University (Russia) and Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Georgia) reached the final round.
The Winning Team: MGIMO University
The Runner-Up Team: Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
The Best Oralist of the Competition: Ioseb Edisherashvili (Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University)
The Best Oralist of the Final Round: Alisa Gerasimenko (MGIMO University)
Before the commencement of the Competition a Regional Meeting of University Professors of International Humanitarian Law from the Central and South-Eastern Europe and Meeting of Professors of International Refugee Law and International Humanitarian Law took place. Moreover, teams were invited to attend the Commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the 1949 Geneva Conventions and an international conference titled Displacement in times of armed conflict: How international humanitarian law protects in war, and why it matters.
The organisation of the Competition would not be possible without the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the Slovenian Red Cross.